LONDON (AFP) – British pop, from Duran Duran to George Ezra, is throwing a dazzling concert on Saturday to mark the “platinum jubilee” of Elizabeth II, exhausted by festivities at the age of 96 and missing out on what she loves most: horse racing.
Passionate about equestrianism, the Queen had to attend, as part of the four days of festivities, the 243rd edition of the country’s most famous race, the Epsom Downs Derby.
But after being seen standing on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on Thursday to kick off her 70th anniversary celebrations, she felt “a bit upset”, prompting her to cancel her attendance at Friday’s massive Thanksgiving service. In St Paul’s Cathedral, London.
The royal house later confirmed that she is still tired, and will not attend the races on Saturday.
The Queen’s health has raised concerns since doctors ordered her to rest in October, and it was later learned that she had spent a night in hospital to undergo medical ‘exams’, the nature of which was never determined.
Since then he has canceled his attendance at various official business and started walking with a cane. She also contracted the coronavirus in February, which in her words made her “very tired”.
Horses are the Queen’s great passion, a thoroughbred breeder who competes, and during her 70-year reign she has only missed three times, most recently when it was held in 2020 without spectators due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a large terraced space erected in front of Buckingham Palace, three stages linked by walkways have been created to provide a 360-degree experience. Seventy pillars of light, representing 70 years of reign, will illuminate the place.
There, about 22,000 people will attend the BBC Radio and Television’s big pop concert in honor of the Queen. Nearly 8,000 of them will be workers in key sectors during the pandemic, members of the armed forces and volunteers from charities, invited in gratitude for their services.
Leading figures from British pop and rock music, from Duran Duran to Rod Stewart, will participate, including Elton John, who will be sending a videotaped show as he is currently on tour. There will also be international stars such as American singer Alicia Keys and Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli.
Members of the royal family, including Prince Charles, 73, the heir to the throne, and his oldest son, William, 39, will represent and pay tribute to the Queen.
The organizers also promise some surprises.
Tennis player Emma Radocano, former footballer David Beckham, and actors Stephen Fry and Julie Andrews will also appear in this star-studded rain, as the British singer of the last Eurovision, Sam Ryder, will also be absent.
The more than two-hour show will be opened by active Queen members, along with American singer Adam Lambert, with a number that promises to be unforgettable, like guitarist Brian May’s historic appearance on the rooftop of Buckingham Palace. For the “Golden Jubilee” party in 2002.
After my call, “At some point I wondered what could be done behind the roof of Buckingham Palace? Well…you’ll see!” May was launched.
The legendary Diana Ross concert, will conclude with her first live performance in the UK in 15 years.
“I have been honored to see the Queen many times in my life,” said the American, “and she continues to be an incredible inspiration to so many people around the world.”
The jubilee celebrations, which began Thursday with a large military parade, will conclude on Sunday with another parade, another festive, hosting 70 years of rule with music and dance. and dozens of outdoor picnics and meals if the forecast rain doesn’t stop him that day.
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